Somali PM names Islamic courts leader as interior minister
Abdulkadir Ali Omar was deputy chairman of the Islamic Courts Union that ousted war time leader from Mogadishu.
Somalia's new prime minister named his cabinet on Friday, making the leader of a major militia leader the interior minister and a key ally of the president finance minister.
Somalia's new Islamist president, Sheikh Sharif Ahmed, and Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke face the task of bringing peace to Horn of Africa state after 18 years of violence.
According to a cabinet list from the prime minister's office, Sharmarke appointed Abdulkadir Ali Omar interior minister and Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden deputy prime minister and finance minister.
Omar was deputy chairman of the Islamic Courts Union that ousted war time leader from Mogadishu and ran the capital before it in turn was driven from power by invading Ethiopian troops in late 2006.
Omar is based in the capital and is the leader of one of the strongest moderate Islamist militias in the country.